SIMBA Head Coach Didier Gomes said discipline, experience and maturity were the three qualities that helped them clinch a 2-0 away win over Jwaneng Galaxy on Sunday.
The two teams met in the first leg of the CAF Champions League match at the National Stadium in Gaborone, Botswana, where everything unfolded according to Simba plan, thereby bagging three vital away points.
The sweet results placed them in a pole position to cruise into the group stage of the contest prior to the return leg match at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on October 24th.
A draw or even a loss of not more than one goal will see Simba sliding into the competition's group stage, where they will start to play at ease compared to the ongoing knockout format. After the game, Gomes hailed his players for the wonderful job, saying discipline, maturity, and experience helped them clinch the victory.
"I am delighted about what the players have done on the field. The beautiful goals we scored today (Sunday), we worked on them during training sessions," said Gomes.
He added that they had time to watch Galaxy's previous match in the Champions League, which helped him and his technical bench members know how to play with them.
"From that, we knew their weaknesses, especially when clearing corner kicks where they seemed to have problems, and fortunately, we scored two quick goals through corners. So we focused a lot about that during training programmes," he disclosed.
He, however, complimented their opponents, saying they are a good team as they play nice football, but he insisted that maturity and experience helped his side a lot on the day. He also pointed out that whenever Simba are playing an away game, especially in the Champions League, he does not want to see an open match but rather a closed match with more discipline.
"We played like this last season, and we did very well. We have a solid team with good defence, and this will help us to go far in the competition," he said.
Gomes urged his players to remain focused about the return leg to achieve their champions league targets of at least stepping into the semifinals. Founded in 2014, Jwaneng Galaxy are making their debut in the Champions League.
However, they are still in the developing stages, and their performance will only improve if they play regularly in the competition.
In 2018, they competed in the CAF Confederation Cup but were eliminated in the first round after losing 1-0 twice in the two-legged encounter versus CD Costa; they still have a lot to learn in CAF interclub events.